History Main / DinosaursareDragons

17th Sep '17 4:48:16 PM wingedcatgirl
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** Not fire, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlogiston Phlogiston]]. Remember, these are old-fashioned creatures.
13th Sep '17 6:12:17 AM Eddy1215
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* In Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake's magic-hunting teacher Mr..(I mean Prof.) Rotwood had the theory that dragons were evolutions of the dinosaurs. Being the American Dragon, Jake knew this was a bunch of hooey.

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* In Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake's magic-hunting teacher Mr..(I mean ([[InsistentTerminology Or rather Prof.) ]]) Rotwood had the theory that dragons were evolutions of the dinosaurs. Being the American Dragon, Jake knew this was a bunch of hooey.
12th Sep '17 6:52:11 PM PaulA
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->'''Clay:''' Can't you speak to her? [[note]]A T-Rex[[/note]] You're practically one of those critters!\\

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->'''Clay:''' Can't you speak to her? [[note]]A T-Rex[[/note]] ''T. rex''[[/note]] You're practically one of those critters!\\



What could be more dangerous (or more awesome) than a ''T. rex''? A ''T.rex'' that flies and breathes fire.

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What could be more dangerous (or more awesome) than a ''T. rex''? A ''T. rex'' that flies and breathes fire.



* If you forget that they are actually aliens, the T-Rex from the Dinosaur Arc of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' has the power to send fireballs through his mouth.

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* If you forget that they are actually aliens, the T-Rex ''T. rex'' from the Dinosaur Arc of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' has the power to send fireballs through his mouth.



* While the dragons in ''{{ComicBook/Bone}}'' come in all shapes and sizes, some look like dinosaurs with wings attached to them, most notably a T-Rex, a Stegosaur, and a sauropod.

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* While the dragons in ''{{ComicBook/Bone}}'' come in all shapes and sizes, some look like dinosaurs with wings attached to them, most notably a T-Rex, ''T. rex'', a Stegosaur, and a sauropod.



* [[spoiler:Season 2, episode 4]] of ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'' features a dinosaur that can breathe fire. Perhaps justified because the series takes place in a LostWorld, not in prehistoric times, and it's established that life exists that is descended from prehistoric creatures but didn't exist in prehistoric times (such as lizard men).
** In a different episode, a medieval city calls on the heroes to slay a dragon, but they find that it is just a T-Rex, though they realize the medieval citizens would not know that.

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* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'':
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[[spoiler:Season 2, episode 4]] of ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'' features a dinosaur that can breathe fire. Perhaps justified because the series takes place in a LostWorld, not in prehistoric times, and it's established that life exists that is descended from prehistoric creatures but didn't exist in prehistoric times (such as lizard men).
** In a different episode, a medieval city calls on the heroes to slay a dragon, but they find that it is just a T-Rex, ''T. rex'', though they realize the medieval citizens would not know that.



** Everything on Dino-Island (the setting of ''World'') is closer to a dragon then a dinosaur. The Rex enemy doesn't look at all like a T. Rex, but rather like a purple Celtic dragon.

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** Everything on Dino-Island (the setting of ''World'') is closer to a dragon then a dinosaur. The Rex enemy doesn't look at all like a T. Rex, ''T. rex'', but rather like a purple Celtic dragon.



** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' gives us Tyrunt (as well as its fully-evolved form of Tyrantrum), one of the game's fossil Pokemon, which is a Dragon-type T-rex.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' gives us Tyrunt (as well as its fully-evolved form of Tyrantrum), one of the game's fossil Pokemon, which is a Dragon-type T-rex.''T. rex''.



*** A notable exception added in the third generation is the "Brute Wyvern", most of which tend to use the TyrannosaurusRex as their base form. So far though, only one of them has a Breath Weapon.

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*** A notable exception added in the third generation is the "Brute Wyvern", most of which tend to use the TyrannosaurusRex ''TyrannosaurusRex'' as their base form. So far though, only one of them has a Breath Weapon.



* Mostly averted in ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}}'' games. There are several creatures that look like dinosaurs or other prehistoric reptiles, most notably devilsaurs (T. rex with some spines on their back), raptors, treshadons (plesiosaur-lookalikas) and stegadons (stegosaur-like creatures with a large horned head instead of a tiny one like the real things had). Most don't breathe fire, but many stegadon variants (called thunder lizards) shoot lightning out of their horn.

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* Mostly averted in ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}}'' games. There are several creatures that look like dinosaurs or other prehistoric reptiles, most notably devilsaurs (T. rex (''T. rex'' with some spines on their back), raptors, treshadons (plesiosaur-lookalikas) and stegadons (stegosaur-like creatures with a large horned head instead of a tiny one like the real things had). Most don't breathe fire, but many stegadon variants (called thunder lizards) shoot lightning out of their horn.



* ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'' explicitly explains that the revived animals (which include more than just dinosaurs) gained superpowers as a side-effect of the cloning process, which is why that T-rex is breathing fire and that Dilophosaurus is shooting out gallons of water.

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* ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'' explicitly explains that the revived animals (which include more than just dinosaurs) gained superpowers as a side-effect of the cloning process, which is why that T-rex ''T. rex'' is breathing fire and that Dilophosaurus is shooting out gallons of water.



* Tyrannosaurus rex in the ''MonsterInMyPocket'' videogame breathes fire. Thanks to TheWikiRule, it can be identified as "''[[http://monsterinmypocket.wikia.com/wiki/Tyrannosaurus_Rex super-heated plasma from his mouth, known as atomic breath.]]''"
* In ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'', in the dungeon "Vasty Deep: The Abandoned Labs", the players discover a suprisingly anatomically accurate Tyrannosaurus Rex floating in a giant test tube. They mistake it for a kind of dragon they don't recognize.

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* Tyrannosaurus rex ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' in the ''MonsterInMyPocket'' videogame breathes fire. Thanks to TheWikiRule, it can be identified as "''[[http://monsterinmypocket.wikia.com/wiki/Tyrannosaurus_Rex super-heated plasma from his mouth, known as atomic breath.]]''"
* In ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'', in the dungeon "Vasty Deep: The Abandoned Labs", the players discover a suprisingly anatomically accurate Tyrannosaurus Rex ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' floating in a giant test tube. They mistake it for a kind of dragon they don't recognize.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the "Dragons are Dinosaurs" version, at least visually. The two [[{{Dracolich}} Undead Dragons]] found in the game have skulls/head that bear a [[http://i.imgur.com/v3CEc.jpg striking resemblance]] to a T-rex skull.
* The Tyranto Rex dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' has multiple flame breath attacks and is a brightly colored TyrannosaurusRex with some fancy markings.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the "Dragons are Dinosaurs" version, at least visually. The two [[{{Dracolich}} Undead Dragons]] found in the game have skulls/head that bear a [[http://i.imgur.com/v3CEc.jpg striking resemblance]] to a T-rex ''T. rex'' skull.
* The Tyranto Rex dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' has multiple flame breath attacks and is a brightly colored TyrannosaurusRex ''TyrannosaurusRex'' with some fancy markings.



* Hidden Palace's T. Rex badniks in the [=iOS=] version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' breathe fire at Sonic when he gets close.

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* Hidden Palace's T. Rex ''T. rex'' badniks in the [=iOS=] version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' breathe fire at Sonic when he gets close.



* Rhi'a's personal quest in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' has you freeing her ancestor from a curse that's keeping him a zombie. Naturally, this ancient dragon bears a striking resemblance to a T-rex, as do some of the RandomEncounters around the Dragonkin Ruins of the current day. Rhi'a's grandfather appearing as a skeleton is also likely meant to bring fossils to mind, because EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs!

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* Rhi'a's personal quest in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' has you freeing her ancestor from a curse that's keeping him a zombie. Naturally, this ancient dragon bears a striking resemblance to a T-rex, ''T. rex'', as do some of the RandomEncounters around the Dragonkin Ruins of the current day. Rhi'a's grandfather appearing as a skeleton is also likely meant to bring fossils to mind, because EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs!



* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' LegacyBoss Dragonlord is a giant, purple-skinned TRex with wings and horns that breathes fire (and later, casts magic). Especially visible in its attack animations.

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* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' LegacyBoss Dragonlord is a giant, purple-skinned TRex ''T. rex'' with wings and horns that breathes fire (and later, casts magic). Especially visible in its attack animations.



* Wexter, the T-Rex pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'', breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.

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* Wexter, the T-Rex ''T. rex'' pet of ''WebComic/AxeCop'', breathes fire, though this may be justified by the sheer number of super-powers invented on the spot for anything and everything.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', though at one point the ''T.rex'' swallows a fireball, spits it back out, and survives a gigantic explosion with no ill-effects.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', though at one point the ''T. rex'' swallows a fireball, spits it back out, and survives a gigantic explosion with no ill-effects.



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. The Decepticons use FossilRevival (from "cybernucleic acid") to revive Predacons, ancient Cybertronians who were wiped out in a cataclysm. Jack makes the T-rex comparison, but the first one created is a fire-breathing dragon. Turns out the first Predacon clones had a long vigil on Earth, [[AncientAstronauts inspiring a lot of human folklore]].

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. The Decepticons use FossilRevival (from "cybernucleic acid") to revive Predacons, ancient Cybertronians who were wiped out in a cataclysm. Jack makes the T-rex ''T. rex'' comparison, but the first one created is a fire-breathing dragon. Turns out the first Predacon clones had a long vigil on Earth, [[AncientAstronauts inspiring a lot of human folklore]].
10th Sep '17 8:30:57 PM GrammarNavi
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** An odd variation of the trope: the "dramon" family is a subset of {{mon}}s possessing the "DNA" of a dragon ancestor {{mon}} and thus considered to be "true" dragons, and this grouping does include some obvious dinosaurs, ''TyrannosaurusRex''-based or otherwise. Not all "dramon" Digimon can breathe fire, but the trope applies in the sense of them being considered dragons. For example: [[DigimonWorld3 Cannondramon]], a Cyborg Digimon of this family, looks like ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a diplodocus with railguns strapped to its back]]''.

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** An odd variation of the trope: the "dramon" family is a subset of {{mon}}s possessing the "DNA" of a dragon ancestor {{mon}} and thus considered to be "true" dragons, and this grouping does include some obvious dinosaurs, ''TyrannosaurusRex''-based or otherwise. Not all "dramon" Digimon can breathe fire, but the trope applies in the sense of them being considered dragons. For example: [[DigimonWorld3 [[VideoGame/DigimonWorld3 Cannondramon]], a Cyborg Digimon of this family, looks like ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a diplodocus with railguns strapped to its back]]''.
10th Sep '17 12:49:52 PM vodhozk
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The Western origins of this trope are a bit more complicated. It may have something to do with the [[HollywoodHistory popular notion]] that associates ancient times with loads and loads of flame-spewing volcanoes. There was a lot of volcanic activity during the Cretaceous, but it certainly was nowhere near as violent as depicted in fiction, and it had more to do with poison gas than rivers of lava and hellfire raining down everywhere. But take a look at early paleo-art and you'll not only see tons of lava, but also many dinosaurs who look suspiciously like dragons wandering in this hellish, primeval, pre-{{human|sAreSpecial}} landscape. Some art critics, like W. J. T. Mitchell, have wondered if the older "tripod stance" seen in early depictions of bipedal dinosaurs like ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is meant to at least subconsciously bring to mind images of the Biblical "upright serpent". Speaking of, this trope probably has some relationship with the belief, held by both certain creationists and some cryptozoologists, that some dinosaurs survived the mass extinction and inspired the stories of dragons. One Kent Hovind goes so far as to say that some species "must" have breathed fire (because ''Literature/TheBible'' -- or at least the King James Version -- mentions dragons) and may still exist in some LostWorld in TheAmazon or somewhere.

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The Western origins of this trope are a bit more complicated. It may have something to do with the [[HollywoodHistory popular notion]] that associates ancient times with loads and loads of flame-spewing volcanoes. There was a lot of volcanic activity during the Cretaceous, but it certainly was nowhere near as violent as depicted in fiction, and it had more to do with poison gas than rivers of lava and hellfire raining down everywhere. But take a look at early paleo-art and you'll not only see tons of lava, but also many dinosaurs who look suspiciously like dragons wandering in this hellish, primeval, pre-{{human|sAreSpecial}} landscape. Some art critics, like W. J. T. Mitchell, have wondered if the older "tripod stance" seen in early depictions of bipedal dinosaurs like ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is meant to at least subconsciously bring to mind images of the Biblical "upright serpent". Speaking of, this trope probably has some relationship with the belief, held by both certain creationists and some cryptozoologists, that some dinosaurs survived the mass extinction and inspired the stories of dragons. One Kent Hovind goes so far as to say that some species "must" have breathed fire (because ''Literature/TheBible'' -- or at least the King James Version Version, which was made and named for a man who literally wrote a book on witch hunting -- mentions dragons) and may still exist in some LostWorld in TheAmazon or somewhere.
5th Sep '17 4:34:11 PM Carliro
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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', since "dinosaur" and "dragon" are distinct creature types. However, Ixalan does reference this in its reprint of [[http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/dragonskull-summit-3/ Dragonskull Summit]], where it is stated that a planeswalker mistook the native dinosaurs for dragons and now the word "dragon" is a synonym for "dinosaur" in some pirate circles.
24th Jul '17 9:44:18 AM ElSquibbonator
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* The fire-breathing sauropod logo of New York's [[http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que]].

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* The fire-breathing sauropod logo of New York's [[http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que]].Bar-B-Que]], although that may be a case of FireBreathingDiner instead.
18th Jul '17 4:26:21 PM nighttrainfm
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-->'''[[http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/2008/05/13/fmv-hell-mighty-morphin-power-rangers/ Spoony]]''' I never really understood what the Green Ranger's HumongousMecha was. He doesn't even fit into the whole dinosaur thing, he just yells "Dragonzord!" And I have no idea where dragons fit into the whole dinosaur thing."
** When PR started using Dairanger footage, the dinosaur (or not) HumongousMecha were explicitly transformed into mythical creature HumongousMecha - of course, the Tyrannosaurus became a dragon.

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-->'''[[http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/2008/05/13/fmv-hell-mighty-morphin-power-rangers/ Spoony]]''' I never really understood what the Green Ranger's HumongousMecha was. He doesn't even fit into the whole dinosaur thing, he just yells "Dragonzord!" And I have no idea where dragons fit into the whole dinosaur thing."
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** When PR started using Dairanger ''Dairanger'' footage, the dinosaur (or not) HumongousMecha were explicitly transformed into mythical creature HumongousMecha - of course, the Tyrannosaurus became a dragon.
18th Jul '17 4:25:38 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' / ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' - the FiveManBand got mecha that were either dinosaurs or prehistoric animals we're fairly certain *existed*. The SixthRanger? Giant mechanical dragon. This goes further in the Sentai example, because these particular heroes are actually warriors who existed at the time of the dinosaurs and who were revived in the modern age, and their "designations" (i.e. their Ranger names and their mecha) are actually dinosaur gods that watch over and protect them.

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* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' - ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
** In ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'' / ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]]'',
the FiveManBand got mecha that were either dinosaurs or prehistoric animals we're fairly certain *existed*. The SixthRanger? Giant mechanical dragon. This goes further in the Sentai example, because these particular heroes are actually warriors who existed at the time of the dinosaurs and who were revived in the modern age, and their "designations" (i.e. their Ranger names and their mecha) are actually dinosaur gods that watch over and protect them.
15th Jul '17 8:15:00 AM Sonofstranger
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** The skull of the pachycephalosaurus ''Dracorex hogwartsia'' is housed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Its name, which means "Hogwarts' Dragon King", was voted on by fans of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Most visitors probably see past the name. Though ''Dracorex'''s [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracorex head]] ''does'' look a lot like a horned dragon, [[JustifiedTrope so the name fits in this case]].

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** The skull of the pachycephalosaurus ''Dracorex hogwartsia'' is housed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Its name, which means "Hogwarts' Dragon King", was voted on by fans of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Most visitors probably see past the name. Though ''Dracorex'''s [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracorex head]] ''does'' look a lot like a horned dragon, [[JustifiedTrope so the name fits in this case]]. However, adept paleontologists will notice that the ''Dracorex's'' fossil has molars and incisors, rather than canines; it was a herbivore.
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